Health and Human Physiology, MS

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

Child Life Subprogram

Graduates will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of developmental and psychosocial needs of children and families in health care settings and the assessment, planning, implementation, and documentation of developmentally appropriate child life interventions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of stressful life experiences and coping techniques for children and families from a family systems perspective;
  • demonstrate the ability to maintain relationships with children, families, peers, and an approach to teamwork and collaboration skills;
  • demonstrate an understanding of therapeutic play and creating a therapeutic environment with opportunities in health care and community settings;
  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication and strong critical thinking skills;
  • learn to analyze and present research and evidenced-based practice related to children and families;
  • prepare for the role of a certified child life specialist in hospitals and community-based facilities; and
  • successfully complete a child life practicum, a child life internship, and meet all requirements and pass the certification exam.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Subprogram

Graduates will:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of normal and abnormal cardiovascular, respiratory, and exercise physiology;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of pharmacokinetics, mechanisms of action, indication, contraindication, and names of common cardiac, vascular, metabolic, pulmonary, hematological, and neurological drugs;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of physical activity assessment, the major determinants of physical activity behaviors, and the application of physical activity behavior change strategies;
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of metabolic exercise testing and exercise prescription for healthy adults;
  • demonstrate understanding of beginning and intermediate electrocardiography (ECG), exercise testing, and exercise prescription for adults with cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease;
  • demonstrate competency in clinical skills, including taking health screening, heart rate pulse, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry at rest and during exercise;
  • understand basic research methods, study design, and statistical analysis; and
  • read, interpret, and critique scientific papers in clinical exercise physiology.

MS in Health and Human Physiology Without Subprogram

Graduates will:

  • demonstrate understanding and critical evaluation of the scholarly literature in the area of specialization within human physiology and/or health promotion;
  • formulate testable research questions and hypotheses resulting in proper experimental study design and analysis plan;
  • conduct quantitative or qualitative research including data collection, analysis, and interpretation of results in the context of current scientific knowledge; and
  • present scientific results to the department, university, or regional/national scientific community.